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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Gymnema / Gurmar HERBAL CHOPPED (GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE)

Reduces food cravings, especially for sugar. This Ayurvedic herb supports proper function of the pancreas to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar and insulin.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Gymnema is also known as gurmar and shardunika. It supports healthy blood glucose levels and proper function of the pancreas.
  • Maintains healthy blood glucose levels already within the normal range
  • Promotes the healthy production of insulin
  • Supports normal glucose tolerance
  • Regulates the appetite and cravings for sweet food

Gymnema is renowned for its use in promoting healthy blood glucose levels and supporting the proper function of the pancreas. A little Gymnema on the tongue has the power to dull the taste buds to the sense of sweet, thus it is known as the 'killer of sweet'. It promotes the healthy production of insulin and supports the body's natural metabolic process. Gymnema also promotes healthy management of the appetite and sugar cravings.
Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Whole Plant Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Fruit Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Flower Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Leaf Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Stem / Bark Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Root Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Harvested Large

Ayurveda Gymnema / Gurmar Monogram Large

SUGGESTED USE

1/8 - 1/4 tsp in warm water twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Gymnema / Gurmar

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity: Weight Loss
Family: Apocynaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Gymnema / Gurmar
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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Constituents:
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Gymnema / Gurmar

Aloe Vera Juice / Gel

Aloe Vera Juice / Gel has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Lowers-blood-sugar, Appetite-suppressant, Hypolipidemic

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Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Antifungal

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Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Appetite-suppressant, Hypolipidemic

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Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke Hearts has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Appetite-suppressant

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Broccoli

Broccoli has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Artichoke

Artichoke has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Appetite-suppressant, Hypolipidemic

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Kale

Kale has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Appetite-suppressant

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Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Appetite-suppressant, Hypolipidemic

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Antifungal

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Red Wine Vinegar

Red Wine Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Antifungal, Appetite-suppressant

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White Vinegar

White Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Antifungal

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Gymnema / Gurmar

Vidanga

Vidanga has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Antifungal, Hypolipidemic

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Neem Leaf

Neem Leaf has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Garcinia Cambogia Fruit

Garcinia Cambogia Fruit has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Hypolipidemic

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Patola

Patola has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Betaine

Betaine has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Mistletoe

Mistletoe has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Triphala Guggulu

Triphala Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Guggulu

Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Hypolipidemic

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Calendula, Marigold

Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Hypolipidemic

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Gymnema / Gurmar may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Hypolipidemic: May magnify the effect of cholesterol lowering drugs.

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